Can the Subaltern write?
Activity
Thursday, October 26, 2023

Can the Subaltern write?

Lecture by Coco Fusco
Coco Fusco. Foto: Evelyn Sosa

Thirty-five years ago, Gayatri Spivak published the historic essay Can the Subaltern Speak?, in which she maintained that post-colonial discourse in the West effectively erased the voice of subaltern women as individuals, instead fetishising their collective identity and positioning western intellectuals as the only possible interpreters of that collective condition. In the world of contemporary art, a similar pattern persists in which artists can only attain visibility by representing collectivity and can only gain legitimacy by gaining the approval of establishment experts. Here, Coco Fusco will analyse how creating one’s own critical and reflective interventions as a public intellectual can alter these entrenched power dynamics.

Lecture by the writer and interdisciplinary artist, Coco Fusco.

The activity is held in the MACBA Meier Auditorium, but you can also follow it live on the museum’s website and YouTube channel.

The Independent Studies Programme (PEI) is a learning tool that aims to share and disseminate part of its content via the PEI Obert programme and the La Colonie nomade project, as well as through the occasional offer of places in certain academic courses.

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dates
Thursday, October 26, 2023
timetable
From 7:00 to 9:00 pm
price
Free admission. We recommend prior booking reservation. Limited capacity
title
Can the Subaltern write?
location
Meier Auditorium and Online
dates
Thursday, October 26, 2023
title
Can the Subaltern write?
timetable
From 7:00 to 9:00 pm
location
Meier Auditorium and Online
price
Free admission. We recommend prior booking reservation. Limited capacity
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Can the Subaltern write? | A lecture by Coco Fusco
Can the Subaltern write? | A lecture by Coco Fusco
Here, Coco Fusco will analyse how creating one’s own critical and reflective interventions as a public intellectual can alter these entrenched power dynamics.
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Coco Fusco
New York, 1960
Coco Fusco is a Cuban-American writer and interdisciplinary artist. A significant part of her work has focused on themes of colonialism, power, race, gender and history. In her work she uses her own body, not only as a space of fusion, but also as its immediate product. Through performance she creates and inhabits multiple identities in order to destabilise those which have historically been imposed on bodies by colonial, racial and gender-based forces. She also engages with legacies of Cuban exile through Catholic rituals and experiences of displacement. Her works have been presented at the 56th Biennale di Venezia, the Whitney Biennial in New York, and the Sydney Biennial. More information at cocofusco.com.
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